All About Toilets Part 1

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This post will be continually updatedÿ so we?ll call this part 1

Toilets?.Where would we be without them? I know we could all dig a hole but I think it?s safe to assume everyone is grateful we have them. They are the cornerstone of modern plumbing and rightfully so, they are fairly comfortable at least for the man in the house and they remove potentially harmful human waste away from the living space. However the toilet or water closet has come a long way since the early days of plumbing. For all intents and purposes one of the earliest archaeological evidence of a flush-able latrine was in the Minoan Palace that stood 4000 years ago on the Isle of Crete. It even had a fancy wooden seat and the worlds first ?water spot?.

The toilet was built with with a bowl that held several inches of water (the water spot) the water was held in the bowl by a valve. Upon finishing the valve is opened by sliding a lever releasing the contents into the trap. The slide also actuated a water spout to clean the bowl and fill it for future use.

Was Thomas Crapper a real person? Yep he lived in England from 1836 to 1910.

Was Thomas Crapper a real person? Yep he lived in England from 1836 to 1910.

As a final note the connection between slang word ?crap? and Thomas Crapper has never been fully realized, some say it was taken from the Dutch word Krappe or the German work Krape and some believe the Worldwar I Doughboys (US Infantrymen) saw Crapper?s name on the toilets they used and brought the name back to the US. Suffice to say that Thomas Crapper played an integral part in the maturity of water closet function but was by no means it?s grandfather.

As a final note the connection between slang word ?crap? and Thomas Crapper has never been fully realized, some say it was taken from the Dutch word Krappe or the German work Krape and some believe the Worldwar I Doughboys (US Infantrymen) saw Crapper?s name on the toilets they used and brought the name back to the US. Suffice to say that Thomas Crapper played an integral part in the maturity of water closet function but was by no means it?s grandfather.

Was Thomas Crapper a real ?Sir? as some people call him? Nope he was never knighted by the King or Queen of England or any other royalty for that matter. He was the royal sanitary engineer for Edward VII and George V.

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